Conscious Leadership Stems from Genuine Care
I-ACT's concept of Conscious Leadership within the Organizational Well-Being framework pays close attention to genuine care and rapport and the quality of the organizational environment. Simon Sinek's presentation touches upon the importance of team members feeling safe: because you care about them and also to bring out the best in them. One of our consultants, a doctoral candidate on Leadership and Change Management at University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education, shared his personal leadership philosophy statement. Mohammadreza Bashiri, BSEE, MBA has led teams from a place of genuine care and resonates with our model for Conscious Leadership, which he articulates here with his own personal touch.
"To bring out the best and the most in people, my leadership philosophy prioritizes Organizational Well-Being. This requires a primary focus not on the outcome, but on the first principles, obtaining the desired outcomes as a result. Rather than focus on primarily on Key Performance Indicators or even behaviors, it is important to realize that everything stems from one’s mind or consciousness. If you are able to affect this deep level and to connect with people at this level, through genuine caring, it is possible to affect their consciousness: the source level of their attitudes, values and patterns of behavior."
"My leadership philosophy is based on Wellbeing. Well-being, put simply, is what most people desire: physical and mental health and happiness. I believe that organizations that sincerely promote and care about team member wellness and happiness perform better in the long run, because members feel safe, cared for and motivated. Leaders can promote well-being throughout their organization by developing rapport, healthy habits, a safe or caring environment, a sense of purpose, sufficient autonomy and opportunities for development or mastery. Leaders should facilitate access to health resources, training and counseling that can help team members resolve personal and family concerns, resolve conflicts or difficulties, and manage stress, anxiety and depression. When your mind is more at ease and your body healthier, you can perform better and you feel your organization truly cares about you, developing loyalty and rapport."
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